It has been chilly this past week. The other night I jumped into the bed and shuddered at shock of a cold bed. That quickly turned to joy.

Joy that around this time next year R will be thisclose to retirement and we will live under the same roof again. This joy turned into inner peace that we all crave and seek all of our lives.

You know you are a military spouse when you sigh at the prospect of living with your loved one once again.

This military lifestyle is depressing at worst, exhilarating at best. Definitely unique.

If I could go back and do it again, I would. I would definitely lower my expectations of hobbies that I would pursue, interior decorating projects that I would start but never finish, and find a community in real life and in the cyber world of spouses just like me a lot sooner.

In the end though, things are just fine. Just fine right now.

R is still in Texas, still getting used to his brace that has inevitably ruined his shoes. He signed up for a 5K for this weekend and declared he would try and break the brace. He wanted to put it through the ringer, work out harder, run faster. All so he could test the durability.

It passed but his cheap shoes didn’t.

Now my husband is proud of his cheap ways and slowly I am turning the same way but one thing I know is that I will never skimp on the quality of my shoes. You can buy Monet shoes (Clueless movie reference: stuff that “looks beautiful far away but up close it’s a big mess”) but they will hurt your feet. He buys shoes for ten bucks and claims his feet… wait for it… “only bleed for a week”.

Um, your feet are not supposed to bleed. At all.

I don’t tease him because before the accident he lapped Marines on the track, outran kids half his age, and kept up with Navy SEALS on the obstacle courses.

Now it’s a different story. He needs quality shoes. Needless to say, he will be taking a trip to Ross this morning. Perhaps even Sam’s Club.

In the meantime, he’s still skeptical about his foot brace. Still wondering if it will help him to be as mobile as he once was. Curious to see if his foot will go back to normal. Waiting on the present for a better tomorrow.

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